Pets & People offers another $25 adoption special

‘Empty the Shelters’ event May 5-9 at new adoption center

Luna is a young female Shepherd and Australian Shepherd mix. She is playful, house-trained, and good in a home with other dogs. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

After great success in 2020 during four “adoption specials”, a Yukon-based animal humane society will participate in the first “Empty the Shelters” promotion at its new home.

Pets & People Humane Society has opened a 7,782 square foot adoption center near Morgan Road and N.W. 4th, leaving the old City of Yukon animal shelter (701 Inla) where it was nearly 25 years.

Pets & People will participate in Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters event from May 5-9 at the adoption center, 9733 N.W. 4th in eastern Canadian County. Dozens of lovable dogs and cats will be offered at a discounted $25 adoption fee.

Some 125 Pets & People animals found “forever homes” last year during four separate Empty the Shelters’ adoption specials.

Pets & People executive director Amy Young

“We participated in all of Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelter events in 2020, which resulted in 94 dogs being adopted and 31 cats being adopted,” said Amy Young, executive director of Pets & People.

Pets & People’s regular adoption fees are $135 for dogs and $85 for cats, and Bissell Pet Foundation’s sponsorship makes the $25 rate possible.

Pets & People, who has served Yukon for 30 years, adopted 998 pets in 2020 – and nearly 200 animals so far in 2021.

All adoptions have been completed through curbside adoption processes since March 23, 2020.

Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring reduced adoption fees at 200 participating shelters and rescues in 36 states May 5-9.

Pets & People recently moved into its newly renovated adoption center.

The building, on the east side of Morgan Road between Reno and N.W. 10th, features a 1,682 square foot office area downstairs and a 6,100 square foot warehouse. There is space for 30 dogs and 30 cats.

Many of the facility current occupants look forward to finding new owners during the May 5-9th adoption special.

“We are so excited that we are in our new adoption center for our first Empty the Shelter event for 2020,” Young shared. “This is the very reason we have this new facility.

“With private adoption rooms, online applications, and preapproval for all adoptions, our adoption center staff ensures that approved adopters have a personalized adoption experience for each pet we match with the perfect forever home.”

So many pets are in peril across Oklahoma, Pets & People director noted.

“The more pets we match with forever homes open space in our facility and in our foster homes to save the next one and the next one that deserve a life redo,” Young added.

A no-kill humane society and animal rescue, Pets & People has saved some 58,000 dogs and cats since the early 1990s.

All animals are microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness. Dogs and cats are heartworm tested and vaccinated before being adopted.

Learn more about Pets & People by calling (405) 367-7156 or visit

Opie is a domestic short hair tabby. This adorable male kitchen is house-trained and ready for a forever home. (Photo provided)


Some 18,359 pets found forever homes across the country in 2020 through the Empty the Shelters’ program.

Bissell Pet Foundation’s mission to find every pet a loving home is the driving force behind this effort.

In 2016, Bissell created this reduced-fee adoption event to make an immediate impact on the nation’s ongoing pet homelessness problem.

Since then, this program has encouraged prospective pet owners to consider adoption as their first option when bringing a pet into their family, as there are so many deserving animals waiting to be loved.

Some 49,360 pets have found homes from this program’s efforts.

Empty the Shelters is by far Bissell Pet Foundation’s biggest program and cannot continue going and growing without donor support.

The foundation makes adoption affordable and reimburses shelters for every pet adopted during the event to help cover spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccination, and other costs of care.

“The national Empty the Shelters event in May will be our largest yet, and as a small foundation, we are incredibly proud to see the growth of this program as we continue to expand its impact,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation.

“Empty the Shelters not only helps our shelter partners free up space in their facilities, but it places pets in permanent homes. It’s a win-win for everyone involved … our partners, ETS adopters, and most importantly, the pets.”

The foundation also will honor foster-to-adopt cases that start as fosters during May 5-9 and are finalized up to one week after the event.

For more information on donating to Empty the Shelters, visit